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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Mar 20, 2009 1:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bourbon newbie: path to enjoyment

First off cosmic - do you sit down to pee?????

Just kidding - honestly, scotch for me absolutely was an acquired taste. I was on my first deployment in Scotland back in '84. We had gone out to a pub for fish and chips, haggis and something to drink. I ordered a Coke and the barkeep told me it was $3 a can. Then he said his malt whiskies were 40-90 pence a dram. He must have known I was a newbie because he laughed and lined them up in order and took me on a tour of Scottish whiskies - Highland, Lowland, Speyside, Campbelton, Islay. Over the next few nights he took a lot of my money and put me through vertical tastings within a region and horizontals across regions.

Eventually, I could begin to nose and taste the differences - so it became a bit of a game to guess what region I was dramming and what finishes had been used.

Part of scotch drinking is snobbery, but it is a lot of fun to go to tastings and try your luck at naming the malts. Back in the day I could go 7 for 10 on region and 10 for 10 on finish. Vertical tastings within a distillery were always tough, but the most fun. I had the rare opportunity to sample a 1946 Macallan 50 year old at one - the host surprised us all - since it goes for about $350.00 USD a dram!!!!!!!!!

So the not so short answer is yes - it is an acquired taste. I have found it very intriguing to go back into the bourbon world and try the single barrels and special vattings coming out of Kentucky and Tennessee.

Have fun - I sure did.

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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: Mar 20, 2009 1:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bourbon newbie: path to enjoyment

First off, sitting IS more comfortable! Seriously, thanks for your reply, and it's good to know that it was an acquired taste for you. Sounds like you were introduced to scotch in the ideal circumstance, I doubt I'll have that chance, so I'll have to go bottle by bottle (I don't get to bars much).

I can definitely see a bit of similarity between scotch snobbery and wine snobbery.

http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/2008/01/25/24-wine/

However, I know where that comes from. Once you're in a somewhat private world of expertise that not everyone knows or appreciates, it's natural to be a bit proud. I don't get jealous about not being in "the club" but I do get envious about not being able to experience something that could add another dimension of enjoyment to life. Just like great music, sometimes the best things in life aren't appreciated on the first few listenings/tastes.

Cheers!